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Volitan Lionfish: Colored

Volitan Lionfish: Colored

Pterois volitans

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Care Facts

Size: 3-3.5 inches
Care Level: Moderate
Temperament: Bold
Reef Safe: No
Diet: Carnivore
Origin: Indian Ocean
Acclimation Time: 4+ hours
Coral Safe: Yes
Invertebrate Safe: No
Minimum Tank Size: 75 gallons
The Volitan Lionfish, Pterois volitans, also known as just the Lionfish, Red Firefish, Turkeyfish, and Butterfly Cod, is a beautifully colored solitary species. It features vertical stripes along its red/burgundy/white body with large pectoral fins. Being one of the larger bodied Lionfish, it will surely become a centerpiece to your reef aquarium.

It will spend much of its time hiding in caves during the daylight but as dusk and dawn will come out and show off.  The Volitan Lionfishshould be kept in a tank with plenty of live rock giving it a place to retreat to, as well as open space for the Lionfish to spread out and swim. Keeping multiple Lionfish in one tank should be approached with caution, if doing so a larger tank is needed and the Lionfish should be similar in size and added at the same time to avoid aggression. The Volitan Lionfish is venomous so caution is advised when handling it, as it's pectoral spine packs a punch that resembles a bee sting.

Venomous: Please be aware that this fish is venomous and could cause painful and long lasting stings.
NOTE: As per the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation, we are not permitted to ship any Lionfish to the state of Florida.

I ordered two small lions for my 75g. They were both eating frozen brine after two days. They are getting along great and are fun to watch, they are always at the front of tank looking for food when anyone is in the room.

Reviewed by: Josh on Jan. 9, 2017

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